Sacramento Kings Reading Challenge

Contest Overview

This reading challenge is exclusive to schools in Sacramento County, California.

This 6-week reading challenge will encourage students to read and take quizzes from the A Mile In Our Shoes Text Sets, which share some of the experiences, challenges, and accomplishments of a wide range of communities in America and abroad. Pick and choose the articles and Text Sets that will be most meaningful for your students, or let them choose themselves. All quizzes taken during the contest period will be counted, and the Kings County School with the highest score (see “Scoring” section), will win tickets to a Kings game and a Sacramento Kings school experience.*

Start date: February 15, 2017
End date: March 29, 2017

How Do I Participate?

How can my students earn points?
Earning points is easy. Here's how:

  • Have your students sign up for Newsela and add them to your class.
  • Once your students have signed up, they can start earning points by taking quizzes and getting correct answers on any Newsela articles.
  • Students will earn double points for articles in any “A Mile In Our Shoes” Text Set.

Will my students need to read all articles in “A Mile In Our Shoes” to earn double points?
No students does not need to read every article to earn double points - each article in the Text Set will be worth 2x points. We do encourage students to read all the articles to better empathize with each particular group.

How can I encourage my students to read more?
We encourage you to start by assigning articles (for help see instructions here). Incorporating relevant Newsela articles into your curriculum will also help your students earn points.


The Sacramento County school with the most points at the end of the challenge will win:

  • 50 tickets to a Sacramento Kings game
  • A Sacramento Kings school experience

*See terms and conditions below for full prize details.


Students will earn points by taking quizzes on Newsela. Here's how the scoring works:

  • Students will earn 1 point for each quiz taken on Newsela
  • Students will also earn 1 additional point for each correct quiz answer
  • Students will receive 2 points for taking a quiz from any of the articles in the A Mile In Our Shoes Text Sets and for every correct answer in this text set

A school's total points will be added and then divided by the number of students enrolled at the school. The school with the highest score at the end of the challenge wins.

Students need a Newsela account to participate. If your students do not have already have an account, please follow these instructions to help them create one.


Here are the leading schools:


To start completing articles, have your students start reading articles and taking quizzes from the A Mile In Our Shoes Text Sets.

National Reading Drive & Other Local Reading Challenges

Terms & Conditions


NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The Newsela Sacramento Kings Reading Challenge (the “Challenge”) is sponsored by Newsela, Inc., having an address of 475 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019 (“Sponsor” or “Newsela”) with Prizes (defined below) provided by PROVIDER (“Prize Provider”) and Newsela.


Subject to these Official Rules, the Challenge is open to schools in Sacramento County (SC), California (each, a “SC School”). All students in Sacramento County, California who are registered Newsela users may participate (each a “Participating Student”) to help your SC School win one of the Prizes set forth below.  THE CHALLENGE IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW OR WHERE BONDING, REGISTRATION, OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED BUT HAVE NOT BEEN MET, OR WHERE THE METHODS OF ENTRY SET FORTH BELOW WOULD BE DEEMED CONSIDERATION. ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS APPLY. SC Schools shall not allow, encourage, or permit participation by students unless the SC School has obtained all necessary consent from such student’s parent and/or legal guardian for use of Newsela’s services.


The Challenge begins at 9am Eastern Time on 02/15/17 and ends at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on 03/29/17 (“Entry Period”).


No purchase or payment is necessary to participate in the Challenge. During the Entry Period, Participating Students can earn points (“Points”) for their SC School by taking Newsela quizzes on Newsela’s website or mobile services (the “Newsela Services”). Participating Students will earn 1 Point for each quiz taken on the Newsela Services. Participating Students will also earn 1 additional Point for each correct quiz answer on the Newsela Services. Furthermore, Participating Students will receive 2 Points for taking a quiz from any of the articles in the “A Mile In Our Shoes” Text Set and 2 Points for every correct answer selected by the Participating Student in such text set.

The SC School with the highest Reading Challenge Score (defined below) at the end of the Challenge will win:

  • 50 tickets to a Sacramento Kings game
  • A Sacramento Kings school experience

Reading Challenge Score = total Points earned by Participating Students divided by number of total Students enrolled at the SC School, including students who are not Participating Students.

*Student Enrollment numbers will be based off of NCES

Sponsor expressly reserves the right to disqualify any entries or participation that it believes in good faith are generated by automated means or scripts, in violation of these Official Rules or otherwise results from any unsportsmanlike or disruptive conduct, and all such associated entries, including all Points accumulated as a result of such conduct (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) shall be void.


The available prizes (“Prizes”) are as follows:

First Place Winner: The SC School with highest Reading Challenge Score at the end of the Challenge will win:

  • 50 tickets to a Sacramento Kings game
  • A Sacramento Kings school experience

Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Challenge. In no event shall the Sponsor or Prize Provider be obligated to award any prizes other than the Prizes specified in these Official Rules. The game date and school experience date will be worked out by Sponsor and the First Place Winner. The Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions (including, without limitation, for cash) are permitted, except that Sponsor and Prize Provider reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any Prize, or any portion thereof, if such Prize, or any portion thereof, should become unavailable for any reason. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Rules, within six (6) months after the end of the Entry Period, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Newsela Sacramento King Reading Challenge Winner’s List, 475 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019.


Sponsor will identify 1 winner based on total Reading Challenge Scores, in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules.

The Challenge will be conducted under the supervision of the Sponsor. The decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters relating to the Challenge. The winning SC School will be notified on or around 03/30/17 by email and via social media; provided, however, that Sponsor reserves the right to determine an alternate method of notification. Sponsor will work with the First Place CMS School to schedule and define the Sacramento Kings school experience, but details of such visit shall be ultimately determined by Sponsor and Prize Provider, in their sole discretion.


When applicable, the winning SC School may be required to execute and return (and winning may be conditioned upon the winner executing and returning) to Sponsor an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and/or Publicity Release provided by Sponsor to be eligible for the Prize, or an alternate winner may be selected.

Unless prohibited by applicable law, your entry into the Challenge and/or acceptance of a Prize constitutes permission to use photographs, images, voices, and other identifying information concerning the SC School’s participation in the contest, in perpetuity and without any compensation to you or any review or approval rights, notifications, or permissions.

An entrant, participant, or winner may be disqualified from the Challenge if he, she, or it fails to comply with each provision of these Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Participation in the Challenge is at entrant’s and/or participant’s own risk. Neither Sponsor nor Prize Provider shall be liable for: (1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner in connection with an entry; (2) entries and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind; (3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant's ability to participate in the Challenge; (4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer online system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer or mobile device related to or resulting from downloading any of Sponsor’s products or services or otherwise in connection with this Challenge; or (5) any warranty with respect to any Prize or any component thereof. THE PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” AND SPONSOR AND PRIZE PROVIDER DO NOT MAKE ANY, AND HEREBY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE PRIZES.


By entering or participating in the Challenge, the winning SC School agrees to and hereby does release and hold Sponsor, Prize Provider, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated entities, directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, and representatives (the “Released Parties”) from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability (collectively, “Claims”) that may arise from your acceptance of any Prize or your participation in this Challenge. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Challenge may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules in any way or at any time. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Challenge should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper operation of the Challenge. In the event of cancellation or suspension, Sponsor shall promptly post a notice on Sponsor’s website to such effect. This Challenge shall be governed by New York law, without regard to conflicts of laws provisions. By participating in this Challenge, you agree that any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Challenge shall be determined by binding arbitration only in New York, NY, by and under the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, Sponsor may seek equitable relief in any court of competent jurisdiction.  If any provision of these Official Rules is held to be illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Official Rules otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable.

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